MARCH 2016
NNCG is celebrating its 10th anniversary by reflecting on past accomplishments, gearing up for the future.... and searching for our next Project Director.
NNCG's mission is to increase the quality, effectiveness and capacity of grantmakers by mobilizing and strengthening the work of knowledgeable, ethical and experienced consultants.  As a mission-driven organization, NNCG champions quality in the field of philanthropy consulting by providing:
  • A forum for consultants dedicated to philanthropic effectiveness; 
  • A learning community and access to resources, professional development and best practices support for consultants seeking increase their impact and that of their clients; 
  • A national platform for consultants to engage with grantmakers and other strategic partners on philanthropy's principal issues, challenges and opportunities.
Now more than ever, talented consultants are recognized as a vital part of the field of philanthropy.  NNCG's network includes a distinguished membership of over 200 seasoned consultants and strategic partners. Our members actively partner with grantmakers to deliver a diverse range of professional services and subject matter expertise.  Thanks to the combined efforts of our Members, strategic partners and allies, NNCG is increasingly recognized as the field's go-to resource for knowledgeable, ethical and experienced consultants. 
To lead this dynamic network in its next phase of development, NNCG is searching for our next Project Director.  You can find the position description here.   Please help us to spread the word! 
Meanwhile, be sure to mark your calendars for NNCG's annual convening on April 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Best wishes,
Dara Major
Founder and Principal, Dara Major Philanthropy Consulting
Member, NNCG Steering Committee and Executive Committee
NNCG Annual Convening

Our Annual Convening will take place on Sunday, April 10th from 4-6p at the 
Washington Hilton in the Holmead Room on the Lobby Level.  This is in conjunction with the 2016 Council on Foundations Annual Conference.  Attendance at the COF Conference is not required to attend our Annual Meeting.

We'll take a look at trends in philanthropy and the the important and evolving role of funder networks with David Biemesderfer, newly appointed President and CEO of the Forum of Association of Regional Grantmakers. We'll also hear from  Cole Wilbur, Past President and Trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and NNCG Steering Committee Member, who will share his perspectives on philanthropy as a context for NNCG's work. And we'll learn about NNCG's emerging strategic plan with Stephanie Clohesy, NNCG member and CEO of Clohesy Consulting.

Please join us and lend your voice and insights to the important work of effective philanthropic consulting!

NNCG Non-Members:  $35

Would you like to be a sponsor of our Annual Meeting?
  Please see the attached form for complete details.  Sponsors will have their name and logo in all printed materials, as well in all email communications.  Individual sponsorships are only $250 and firm sponsorships are just $500. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!
Join us for our Annual "No-Host" Dinner

As we have done at past Council on Foundations conferences, NNCG has arranged a 'No-Host' dinner for our members and friends on Monday, April 11th at 7:30P.  Our reservation is at Bistrot Du Coin, a short walk from the Washington Hilton.
Space is limited, so please let us know if you would like to join us for what promises to be an evening of good food, fun and NNCG fellowship.

Can't come to the full dinner?  Please join us for wine at the start or dessert near the end!  
Please RSVP to by Thursday, April 7th.
NNCG Webinar Series Resumes

The 2016 Webinar schedule is starting to take shape, and we will kick off on April 19th at 2p Eastern with "Corporate Philanthropy: Moving from "That Nice Thing we Do" to a Business Imperative" led by NNCG Member Jeff Hoffman.

In our philanthropy sphere, we all think of ourselves as funders, or advisers to funders. As we know, there are various types of philanthropy, and mechanisms, to carry it out even before broaching the topic of issue areas and focus. One facet that sometimes can be a mystery is corporate philanthropy. In the age of collaboration, where foundations, nonprofits, governments and business are sitting together to solve problems, it's important to understand the motivation for the companies at the table. This webinar will give you a view into the quickly evolving world of corporate philanthropy and how it fits into the broader strategy of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and overall company mission and strategy.
Register Today!
NNCG Members:  FREE
Non-Members: $55.00
2-webinar package*:  $100.00
3-webinar package*:  $135.00
*Purchase of a 2 or 3 webinar package allows the buyer to attend this plus additional NNCG webinar(s) for up to 1 year from purchase date.  Please email with your additional selections.
NNCG to Implement New Membership Management Software

We are excited to announce that we will be implementing new membership management software over the next several weeks.  This will better allow us to track all membership data, and will give our members more control over their profiles.  We will also be able to create a social community, allowing our members to make connections with one another, create and join circles, and share their status and activity stream through a members-only list serve, as well as forums and discussion boards for posting topics and responses.  Please watch for status updates as we progress! 

Be sure to check out NNCG Now! for the latest news and thoughts from NNCG and our members.

NNCG members: Please remember that we would love to re-post your own blogs, so don't be shy in sharing them with us!

NNCG Members in Action
NNCG highlights members' thought leadership - articles, presentations, innovations and other activities that advance philanthropic practice. Follow the links for more information.

Tony Macklin, CAPĀ® will be leading a Family Giving Symposium for the Colorado Association of Funders on March 23 in Denver. Tony will discuss societal trends that could challenge how families design and carry out their philanthropy, now and in the future.

Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC's (ACS) new online tool,  Measuring Your Communication Impact, will help you figure out how to track communication efforts, which strategies and tools are delivering the best results, and where and when changes may be in order.   With examples of measurement and links to other helpful tools in the communication planning process, this tool will give you new insight for not only creating effective communication - but for proving that it works! 

How do we decide? Decision-Making Trends for Philanthropic Organizations  is the subject of discussion for Amy Segal Shorey, Senior Consultant at GMA Foundations, and Marjorie Ringrose, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Boston, at an education event for Womenade Boston on April 11. Marjorie and Amy will share thoughts on the grant decision-making process, and important pre-grant due diligence and post grant reflection.
Informing Change recently partnered with Beth Cousens to document the Jewish Resource Specialist (JRS) Initiative, a project that endeavors to build the field of Jewish early childhood education through JRS educators. Already part of their preschools' communities, JRS educators receive coaching and professional development, which they use, in turn, to serve as mentors to their fellow co-teachers. This report is a roadmap for those who want to adapt the JRS model to other schools and communities. Read it here.

Thaler Pekar, CEO of  Thaler Pekar & Partners, published A Defense of Story in the The Stanford Social Innovation Review blog.  
About NNCG
The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers is dedicated to elevating, expanding and improving philanthropy. It's the only organization that brings together high-quality consultants to support the work of grantmakers while advancing quality and ethical standards in the practice of philanthropy consulting. NNCG's distinguished and diverse membership represents experienced and carefully vetted practitioners and thought leaders in the philanthropic field.
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